In PODCAST #1: ACCESS, the Munich and Vienna-based artist Cana Bilir-Meier talks about jury sessions, the attempt of fair curating, and seemingly legitimate art. She also addresses her own practice, which articulates stories that have not be given voice in public discourses and prevailing value systems.
Cana Bilir-Meier lives and works in Munich (DE) and Vienna (AT). She studied visual art and art education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at Sabancı University in Istanbul (TR). She works as a filmmaker, artist and art educator. In 2021 she was interims-professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and since 2016 she works as a film curator at the Kasseler Filmfestival and since 2015 in various art education projects together with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Her filmic, performative, and text-based works move at the interfaces between archival work, text production, historical research, and contemporary media reflexivity or archaeology. She reflects in her work the social and cultural, but also structural participation of everyone in our society. Her works have recently been presented and screened at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Taiwan 2021/22, Dock20 Museum for Modern Art Lustenau (Austria) 2021, Kunstverein Jesteburg 2020/21, Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2020, Kunstverein in Hamburg 2019, NS-Documentation Center Munich 2019-20, PAM Public Art Munich Festival, May 2018, Tensta Konsthall Classroom, and Stockholm 2017. She was awarded with the Outstanding Artist Award Austria 2021, Bavarian Art Price 2019, and the ars viva Award 2018.